Christ Church Soccer Seasons Come to a Close

Christ Church lost to Academic Magnet in the girls soccer AA/A state championship (Conrad Pentaleri/Staff Photo).

The Christ Church girls soccer team lost in the state championship 4-0 on Saturday, May 16, to Academic Magnet for the third straight season.

This was fourth consecutive matchup in the state final between the two teams. Christ Church won the first game four years ago however, in the three since then, the Cavs have lost.

Academic Magnet was a superior and more talented team than the Cavaliers last Saturday. The Raptors had complete control of the game from the opening whistle. They jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first half. In the second half, the Raptors scored two more goals to win the game 4-0.

Christ Church struggled through the match. The one bright spot for the Cavaliers was senior goaltender Taylor Pearman who had numerous saves during the endless offensive attack of Academic Magnet.

Christ Church will lose six starting senior players to graduation for next season including three all-state players: Sitton Furman, Jenna Benson and Sarah Robinson. This drastically decreases the Cavaliers chance at returning to the state final for a eighth consecutive year.

In three matchups this season, Christ Church lost to St. Joseph’s by a combined score of 7-0.

Their most recent meeting came Tuesday, May 12, when the two teams meet in the Class A boys soccer Upper State final. St. Joe’s ended Christ Church’s season in this game for the fourth straight season with a 1-0 victory.

Christ Church lost to the Knights 2-0 in their first game of the season. Later, in a highly anticipated rematch, the Cavaliers lost again 4-0 at home.

The Cavaliers have four players that were named to the Class A all-state team: junior forward Lee Cox, junior midfielder Legare Grimball, junior defenseman Chris Mills and sophomore forward Nathan Wilcox. Wilcox led the team in goals with 20.

“It was a good game, and it was an exciting game. I think all the fans got their money’s worth. But unfortunately only half of them are happy after the game tonight, and they’re not Cavaliers.” Christ Church head coach David Wilcox said to The Greenville News following the game on Tuesday.